NAESP President Attends President Obama’s White House Jobs Speech, Supports Legislation

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South Dakota principal represents principals across the nation at invitation-only event

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There’s no greater threat to our economic stability than the erosion of support for public education. This is the time to invest in educators and in education.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) President Rob Monson attended President Obama’s Sept. 12 White House speech on the American Jobs Act, which proposes to prevent hundreds of thousands of teacher layoffs and modernize schools. The Obama administration requested that Monson—an elementary principal in Parkston, South Dakota—attend the invitation-only event to represent principals in their collective support of the legislation.

“I’m honored to have been invited to represent principals as the president spoke about sustaining public schools as a means to economic recovery,” said Monson. “There’s no greater threat to our economic stability than the erosion of support for public education. This is the time to invest in educators and in education.”

Overall, NAESP endorses President Obama’s plan, which targets at least $37 billion to support K-12 education, including an estimated $12 billion to prevent nearly 280,000 pending teacher and educator layoffs and an additional $25 billion to rebuild and shore-up America’s often-crumbling schools.

Although NAESP supports the sentiment and the framework of Obama’s plan, especially applauding the administration’s priority to rebuild and modernize school infrastructure in aging schools in rural areas and to carry out urgent emergency repair and renovation projects, the Association is concerned with potential cuts to existing essential programs. “NAESP’s focus in the coming weeks will be to prevent such a funding disaster. Federal dollars to preserve educators’ jobs and modernize schools must supplement current education funds, not replace them,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly.

Read NAESP’s full statement on the American Jobs Act.

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary- and middle-level principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas.

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